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Honey tree

Scientific name of Honey tree: Madhuca longifolia, Bassia latifolia

Name of Honey tree in different languages:

English: Butter tree, Mahua Tree, Maura butter Tree

Sanskrit: Madhuk, Tikshnasar

Hindi: Madhukam

Malayalam: Eruppa, Madukajam, Madukam (ഇരിപ്പ, മധൂകജം, മധൂകം)

Plant description:

Honey tree is an Indian sub-tropical tree, It is a fast-growing, deciduous tree, grows up to 20 meters in height, sometime semi-evergreen foliage, leaves are simple alternate and clustered, young leaves are yellowish in colour, bark is reddish-brown or dark red vertically cracked, Fruits are greenish, fleshy. It is planting in India for get beverage (alcohol) spirit made from it's flowers .

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oval Margin-Entire Venation-Pinnate
 oblong  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

leaf, Root, Flower, bark, seeds, oil,

Medicinal uses: 

To treat skin diseases, heads ache, purgative treatments, to prevent excess bleeding, bronchitis flowers are used to enhace lactation in feeding mothres.

Chemical constituents:

Alkaloid glucosidic saponin, sapogenin

How to prepare medicines:

Fermented flowers are used to make tonics,

Honey tree is the one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicines like-

Gopanganadi Kashayam

Kumkumadi Tailam  


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